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Ohio Opens Three-Game Series Against Akron on Friday

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Jake Miller
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April 12, 2013

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The Last Meeting
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May 13, 2012
Akron, Ohio
Ohio Completes Sweep at Akron, Defeat Zips 3-2
Junior captain Seth Streich tossed his third complete game of the year to lead the Ohio University baseball team (26-25; 15-9 MAC) to a 3-2 victory over Akron to complete its three-game sweep over the Zips at Jackson Field.

ON DECK
The Ohio University baseball team (7-24) returns to action Friday night as it welcomes Akron to Bob Wren Stadium for the start of a three-game Mid-American Conference matchup against the Zips. The first pitch is set for 6 p.m. All three of this weekend's games will be aired on 1340 AM WOUB and OhioBobcats.com. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Matt Digby will be calling the action live.

NOTING THE BOBCATS
-Ohio's matchup with Akron will mark the second, third and fourth contest in a nine-game homestand for the Bobcats.
-The Bobcats have lost four conference games by an average of two runs and has dropped two league games by just one run.
-In 13 home games, Ohio is batting .300 as a team, which is 41 points higher than its overall average. Sophomore Jake Madsen's .444 batting average in 13 home games is a team best.
-Madsen leads the Bobcats with 44 hits.
-Madsen currently owns a team-best .395 batting average with runners in scoring position. He also has a team-best 22 RBI on the year.
-In total, Madsen leads the team in 11 offensive categories.
-Madsen is the only player on the team to hit out of the three hole and play first base in every game this season.
-Sophomore Cody Gaertner is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak.
-Freshman Nate Squires has reached base in his last 10 games. Four other Ohio players have reached base in 10-consecutive games-or-more this season.
-Sophomore Tyler Wells comes into this weekend just four hits shy of collecting his 100th career hit. Earlier this season, fellow sophomore Jake Madsen tallied his 100th career hit.
-Madsen, Wells and senior Dan Schmidt are the only players on the Bobcats' roster that have started in every game this season.
-Freshman Nick Squires is also batting a team-best .429 with three doubles in his last five games.
-Nick Squires also leads the Bobcats with 22 runs scored.
-Junior Logan Cozart entered the week with a league-best 19 appearances on the year.

THE PITCHING MATCHUP
Friday: RHP Jake Miller (Ohio) vs. RHP JT Brubaker (UA)
Saturday: LHP Marck Paliotto (Ohio) vs. LHP John Valek (UA)
Sunday: RHP Connor Sitz (Ohio) vs. RHP Matt LaRocca (UA)

SERIES INFORMATION
Ohio will faceoff against Akron for the 95th time in school history on Friday. The Bobcats lead the all-time series 59-35. Prior to this year's meeting, the two teams met last season up in Akron with the Bobcats earning a three-game series sweep.

SCOUTING AKRON
The Zips (9-19) come into their weekend conference matchup with the Bobcats, having lost three of their four games. Despite losing three of its last four games, Akron nearly took two of three games from Miami (Ohio), which currently sits atop of the Mid-American Conference East Division. Akron claimed the series finale with the Redhawks, defeating Miami 10-9. Redshirt sophomore Matt LaRocca leads the Bobcats' offense with a .304 batting average, two home runs and 15 RBI.

RECAPPING OHIO'S 10-3 WIN OVER EKU
The Ohio University baseball team (7-24) defeated the Eastern Kentucky Colonels by a final score of 10-3 at Bob Wren Stadium Wednesday night. Every Bobcat played a role in the offense as every batter reached base, eight got at least one hit and seven scored a run. `Cats also scored nine RBI from four different players. Senior shortstop Dan Schmidt, sophomore catcher Cody Gaertner and sophomore left fielder Tyler Wells and sophomore Jake Madsen combined for 10 hits and eight RBI. Wells is now just seven hits shy of 100 for his career. Senior right-hander Brett Barber worked 1.1 innings as he made his first career start, giving up one hit, one walk and struck out two. Barber also earned his first win of the season with help from five other pitchers. The six Ohio pitchers allowed eight hits and three walks while striking out seven.